Making Stuff: Animation by Chopsy/Darren Robbie
A short film of the actual words using a wide range of animation techniques.
The line came to me while pitching on some commercial or other and trying to explain what I loved about animation, and what was particularly hard with certain kinds of animation—trying to get that emotional connection out of a basically inanimate object. I think I was also attempting to explain to some agency people that, yes, I could animate a particular foodstuff (even though I didn't have that on my reel) because, guess what...I'm an animator!
Rather than try to tell a particular story I decided to animate the actual words, and in as many ways as possible (by the way, I love typography). I wanted to include every kind of 'traditional' model animation technique that I could within the framework of the film—from modelling clay balls to pixelating human hands and bodies, from animating food (the chopped peppers) to time-lapse (the scene in the woods), from 2D drawn animation to moving sand, etc.